Confirming Ronaldo’s win
Lionel Messi won’t be attending the inaugural ‘Best’ awards ceremony hosted by FIFA on Monday. Nor will any of his Barcelona teammates. The club announced this only a couple of hours before the gala was scheduled to begin.
It’s widely been perceived as a snub to FIFA ahead of another anticipated Cristiano Ronaldo win. The Real Madrid superstar won the Ballon d’Or and is extremely likely to pick up another individual accolade today.
Barcelona released a statement saying that their players would focus on the upcoming Copa Del Rey match against Athletic Club instead of going. They would be sending a group of delegates instead: ‘The Club’s delegation is led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre, director Silvio Elías, CEO Òscar Grau, Albert Soler (director of professional sports), Robert Fernández (first team technical secretary) and Raúl Sanllehí (director of football).’ As Sid Lowe points out, the timing of the announcement is odd.
Poor Barcelona form
It’s not as though they only found out about that cup game this morning. But in Barca’s defence, they can’t really afford the luxury of taking their eye off the ball right now. The club have won only ten of their opening 17 La Liga fixtures. Real have a five point lead and a game in hand. They’re also trailing in the Cup against Bilbao.
Is it a snub because Messi won’t win? Or is it a valid time to concentrate on football?
Barcelona not going to Zurich today. I can’t be the only one thinking it’s a bit odd to announce that today?
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) January 9, 2017
This could explain why Barcelona just pulled out of the Fifa awards in Zurich. Cristiano Ronaldo’s grin widens. https://t.co/pCfVwr2ZIT
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 9, 2017
10 – Barcelona have won just ten games from their opening 17 games in La Liga this season; their worst run since 2007/08. Points pic.twitter.com/U6HCWoHT4Q
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 9, 2017
Barcelona drawing today and Ronaldo winning the FIFA best player award tomorrow
— K7NG (@kroosly) January 8, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be named FIFA Men’s Best Player of the year tonight.
Here’s the story of his remarkable 2016. pic.twitter.com/qX2U9dhsYK
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 9, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo is en route to Zurich where he will win FIFA’s new award fittingly called The Best pic.twitter.com/e5k64q2OWZ
— Freebets.co.uk (@freebetscouk) January 9, 2017
TODAY IS THE DAY
— TheCRonaldoFan (@TheCRonaldoFan) January 9, 2017
Just seen Messi’s goal there. It’s 2017 & allegedly sane people think it’s acceptable to say Ronaldo is better. Different planet.
— Michael Monan (@MichaelMonan1) January 8, 2017